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Updated: September 18, 2013 15:10 IST

Desilting under way ahead of northeast monsoon

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To prevent outbreak of water borne diseases

Tirunelveli Mayor Vijila Sathyananth overseeing the desilting of a stormwater drain at Manahavalampillai Nagar in Palayamkottai on Monday.— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
Tirunelveli Mayor Vijila Sathyananth overseeing the desilting of a stormwater drain at Manahavalampillai Nagar in Palayamkottai on Monday.— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Desilting operations got under way here on Monday to clear the city’s drains and stormwater channels ahead of the onset of the northeast monsoon. The cleanup drive launched by the Corporation is aimed at obviating potential mosquito breeding grounds that could cause an outbreak of waterborne diseases during the rainy season.

Said Mayor Vijila Sathyananth, who inaugurated the exercise at Manakaavalanpillai Nagar in Palayamkottai, “We plan to complete the desilting operation before the onset of the northeast monsoon in October. The silt removed from the channels will be transported to the garbage dump so that mud will not slide back into the channels.”

Commissioner T. Mohan, City Engineer K.P. Jai Xavier and chairman of Palayamkottai Zone M. Christhurajan were present.

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